Tracing his own family history, Dr. Alan Berch Hollingsworth discovers that it’s not just the Marlow townspeople who have something to hide. Why did his grandfather insist on hiring an African-American porter and violating the Jim Crow-era segregation laws in Marlow? And how is the KKK involved in the crime that took his grandfather’s life? Unlocking the secret to his grandfather’s murder, Dr. Hollingsworth uncovers a true crime story of racial violence in 1920s Oklahoma.
About Killing Albert Berch:
In 1923, a white hotel owner in rural Oklahoma took a bullet to protect his black employee. They were then killed by a mob, and newspapers from Dallas to the East Coast covered the crime. This true story sent ripples of revulsion through the region at the time but has been lost to history until now, thanks the grandson of the hotel owner, who sets down the account here.